Shoulder Research

Predicting the Outcome of Exercise Therapy for Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tears

The aim of this NIH-funded study is to develop a “rotator cuff index” that will predict whether patients who have torn their rotator cuff should undergo non-operative or surgical treatment.  This index will be based on patient-reported and clinician-measured parameters as well as biomechanical measurements at the time of diagnosis.

Principal Investigators: Richard Debski, Ph.D., Jay Irrgang, Ph.D., PT, ATC and Volker Muhsal, MD
Co-Investigators: William Anderst, Ph.D. and Adam Popchak, DPT, Ph.D., SCS


Kinematic and Patient-Reported Outcomes Associated with Superior Capsule Reconstruction in the Presence of Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears

The purpose of this pilot study is to determine glenohumeral joint kinematics and patient-reported outcomes in patients treated with superior capsule reconstructions.

Principal Investigator: Albert Lin, MD
Co-Investigators: William Anderst, Ph.D., Adam Popchak, DPT, Ph.D., SCS


Effects of prosthesis design and placement on shoulder kinematics and strength after reverse shoulder arthroplasty

The long-term goal of this research is to improve functional outcomes after reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA). In order to improve the functional outcomes, we must first accurately and precisely characterize shoulder kinematics after RSA.

Principal Investigator: Albert Lin, MD
Co-Investigators: William Anderst, Ph.D

Funding: NIH/NIA award #AG064417